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Supreme Court Says ‘Give Me a ©’ to the Fashion Industry

Posted in Intellectual Property, Litigation, Retail

A recent U.S. Supreme Court copyright decision analyzing cheerleader uniforms may have a profound impact on retailers, and on the fashion industry in particular. On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court held in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc. that original design elements that are separable from the “useful article” upon which they are… Continue Reading

3D Printing: Potential Pitfalls For Retailers

Posted in Intellectual Property, Liability, Retail, Technology

What is 3D printing?  3D printing, a seemingly futuristic method of manufacturing objects, is steadily moving into the mainstream as three dimensional printers have relocated from labs to the shelves of retail stores. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a method of production where small machines –robots – build three-dimensional objects layer by layer, directed… Continue Reading

Clowning Around and Reheating the Breakfast Wars

Posted in Intellectual Property, Restaurants, Retail

Taco Bell has joined the breakfast wars through the launch of its first breakfast menu. Taco Bell’s initial maneuver in this ongoing battle for breakfast customers takes direct aim at McDonald’s iconic breakfast menu. Taco Bell’s television commercials feature individuals named “Ronald McDonald” attesting to their “love” for “…Taco Bell’s new breakfast.” These commercials include… Continue Reading

Licensing Killed the Radio Star: When Retailers Need Music Licenses

Posted in Compliance, Intellectual Property, Retail

Your business may play the radio to enhance the customer experience. Or it may hire a band to play live music. If you were to receive a legal notice demanding payment for a license to play recorded or live music in your establishment, would you be obligated to pay? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is often… Continue Reading

Capitalize on the U.S. Market, But Protect Your Brand

Posted in Intellectual Property, Litigation, Retail, Retail Sales

Are your brands and valuable intellectual property adequately protected? Retailers entering into or expanding operations in the U.S. access a consumer base which spends more than four trillion dollars on retail goods annually. There are lucrative opportunities for foreign retailers to introduce fresh and innovative brands to U.S. consumers. But retailers who fail to implement… Continue Reading